Noryangjin Fish Market, Seoul

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Get some freshly caught seafood at Noryangjin Fish Market, the biggest fish market in the city. Opened in 1927, the marketplace specializes in fresh fish, selling the catch of the day as a wholesale distributor and to individual customers. Hunt for bargains and deals on a variety of seafood, from shellfish to octopus, salmon, and even live fish. Watch the auctions that happen several times a day, or take your pick of the catch and bring it to one of the restaurants upstairs, where they can prepare it for you for a small fee. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Seoul using our trip planner.
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  • To see maximum activity you would have to come very early. The place is really huge and the diversity of sea food species is impressive. What a photo safari! My only regret is not having dared a plate...  more »
  • Visited this market very early in the morning, and could view all the different types of fishes on display.  more »
  • We went to the wrong direction as we came out from exit 1. The best exit is exit 7. Then u walk 5mins u will see IVY BUILDING on the left (opp the road). Then u see a slope going down to the tunnel - ...  more »
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  • I have always wanted to try the live octopus and this place did not disappoint! There are two or more floors where vendors are selling there catches, but go to the second floor to find the octopus vendors. You can select an octopus yourself and then take it to a restaurant on the same floor and they will chop it up for you, or you can ask one of the restaurant workers to help you choose one. A small (very small, like baby) octopus is not expensive at all, and neither is taking it to a restaurant to have it prepared. They will also give you a small banchan (side dish) with your octopus. Eat carefully!
  • This is a must-see place to visit if you're in Seoul. Unfortunately, I missed seeing the catches being brought in, but I hear that's really neat. They have all sorts of seafood, and the warehouse area is huge. You should definitely wander a bit amongst the stalls and see what they have to offer. (You'll also find better prices if you don't just buy from the first few stalls.) You can buy various things to cook or choose a plate that is already prepared. The vendor will guide you to a small restaurant above the warehouse, where you can cook your food/or eat it raw (if it's sashimi), and they'll supply the sides, drinks, and cooking equipment.
  • Fish market. The older section is outdoors and the newer is indoors. Lots of vendors selling mostly the same fresh seafood items. You can even have your purchased items cooked at one of many restaurants located on-site. A recommended place to visit.
  • despite the fact that there is still a divide between the older building and the new building the products there are second to none. the older building has a rustic original feel and the new building is just that, new. don't be afraid to wander around in either space as the merchants in both buildings are there to sell great seafood at a negotiable price. they speak enough English to haggle prices and each have their own selling points so shop around!
  • We went on a Thursday evening. There wasn't much of a crowd. Throughout the market we were bugged by stall holders to buy stuff. They were mostly ladies who could speak both Korean and Chinese. Price was almost the same from stall to stall. Sanakji (small live octopus) was priced at 5K. After purchasing your live seafood proceed to level 2 of the indoor market to get your seafood prepared at the restaurants. We paid 5K per head and an additional 3K for the sashimi slicing service. The salmon belly (20K) was really good and filling.
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